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Congress debates having animals as living beings

Congress will debate this afternoon the modification of the Civil Code so that Spanish law considers animals as living beings and not as “things”, as it is until now. The Popular Party has thus made a proposal to reform both the Civil Code and two other laws, the Mortgage Law and the Civil Procedure Law, to change the status of animals in the Spanish State.

Thus, according to information from the newspaper El País , this legal reification of animals would be eliminated and minimum rights would be guaranteed for the fact of being living beings. The PP, according to a statement from Congress, intends to establish “a positive description similar to the French and Portuguese civil codes.” With the reform of the two mentioned laws, two important aspects are also sought: “to prevent the mortgage from being extended to animals” (in the case of the Mortgage Law) and that animals cannot be seized from their owners in cases of non-payment (in the Civil Procedure Law), according to the statement.

For the spokesman of the popular group in Congress, Rafael Hernando, these reforms will grant a different rank and more protection to animals, as well as the inclusion of “precepts destined to specify the regime of custody of companion animals” in the marital crisis. Thus, the pact on domestic animals is contemplated and “the criteria on which the judge must make the decision of who to deliver the care of the animal are established,” as well as the possibility of joint custody.

In this way, companion animals would cease to be mere “goods” and would become subjects of law , as living beings. Even so, the popular ones remember that animals are traded and that the relationship between the person and the animal “is a relationship of private property, although it must be modulated by the quality of being endowed with sensitivity on which this relies. property”.

They also point out that this reform will entail obligations “for the keepers of animals.” Congress will debate the amendments this afternoon and the vote will take place tomorrow.

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